Sunday, March 2, 2014

Schooling gladiators

Technology has helped archeologists discover the remains of an ancient (2nd century AD) Roman gladiator school in an area near Vienna, Austria.  From a Fox News story earlier this past week:
An ancient Roman gladiator school has been discovered in Austria, complete with cell blocks, a training arena and a bath complex, archaeologists say.  The buried remains of the school at the site of Carnuntum, near Vienna were detected not through excavations but through remote-sensing techniques. Based on these findings, researchers reconstructed the gladiator center in virtual 3D models.
It's a fascinating discovery and an interesting article, complete with a CGI of the likely structure of the gladiatorial compound.  Definitely worth the read if you're into Roman history.